Our Correspondent|29 December 2019
All is now set for the University of Calabar (UNICAL) to open a Chinese Language Centre for the teaching of the Mandarin Language come 2020 NEGROIDHAVEN can say authoritatively.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Zana Akpagu disclosed this after a visit to the Embassy of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Nigeria on the 27th of November 2019.
Prof. Akpagu said that the Center which will be domiciled in the Bassey Andah Institute of African and Asian Studies of the University is to commence the teaching of Chinese Language already approved by the University’s Senate.
He explained that the Chinese government is to send Lecturers, assist in curriculum development, provide teaching aids and equipment for the smooth running of the programme.
The Vice Chancellor added that the University is expected to provide offices, accommodation in the University quarters for the Chinese Lecturers.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is expected to be signed on Monday the 30th of December 2019 between the University and the Chinese Embassy to seal the deal.
The MoU which will be signed on behalf of the Confucius Institute will allow Unical to join three other elite Nigerian universities including University of Lagos in the teaching of Mandarin.
Explaining the importance of this new programme, Akpagu said that "the socio-economic benefits and the employment prospects offered by this window of opportunity are monumental. This will also push forward the Sino-Nigerian cooperation".
While the VC had the Director of BAIFAAS, Prof Michael Bonchuk in his entourage, Mr Wang Guiping, first Secretary for cultural and educational affairs was also in attendance.